Post by: Jennifer Schultz, ECO Canada While there are other incentives and benefits, salary compensation remains a top factor in employee satisfaction. But how does your salary compare to the national average? To help answer this question, ECO Canada recently conducted studies on 6 environmental sub-sectors: Energy, Site Assessment & Reclamation, Air Quality, Environmental Health & Safety, Water Quality and Sustainability. Within these sub-sectors, core occupations were investigated including identifying the average starting salaries and salaries for workers with at least 5 years of experience. Note: only 6 areas of environmental employment out of 14 are included here. For a full list of environmental employment areas, see the EP specializations.
Top paying environmental jobs by sub-sector
Average Starting Salary
Average Salary for Workers with 5+ Years of Experience
Occupation with Highest Starting Salary
Occupational Hygienists (Indoor Air Quality Focus)
Knowing the market value of your environmental job can serve as a handy guideline when negotiating your salary or researching your dream career. But remember, salary is only one part of your compensation package. Don’t underestimate the importance of benefits like workplace flexibility, professional development opportunities, and company culture. Sources:Careers in Air Quality: Occupational Profiles Report, ECO Canada, 2013 Occupations of Energy Professionals: Scoping Report, ECO Canada, 2012 Careers in Environmental Health and Safety: Occupational Profiles Report, ECO Canada,2013 Careers in Site Assessment and Reclamation: Occupational Profiles Report, ECO Canada, 2013 Occupations of Sustainability Professionals: Scoping Report, ECO Canada, 2012 Careers in Water Quality: Occupational Profiles Report, ECO Canada, 2013 See www.eco.ca/research to access our published research reports.